422. The Glory of These Forty Days

1 The glory of these forty days
We celebrate with songs of praise;
For Christ, by whom all things were made,
Himself has fasted and has prayed.

2 Alone and fasting Moses saw
The loving God who gave the law;
And to Elijah, fasting, came
The steeds and chariots of flame.

3 So Daniel trained his mystic sight,
Delivered from the lion's might;
And John, the Bridegroom’s friend, became
The herald of Messiah’s name.

4 Then grant that we like them be true,
Consumed in fast and prayer with you;
Our spirits strengthen with your grace,
And give us joy to see your face.

Text Information
First Line: The glory of these forty days
Title: The Glory of These Forty Days
Latin Title: Clarum decus jejunii
Author: Gregory the Great, c. 540-604
Translator: Maurice F. Bell, 1862-1947
Publication Date: 1986
Meter: LM
Scripture: Exodus 19:20; 2 Kings 2:11; Daniel 6:7; Matthew 1:12-13; Matthew 3:4; Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 1:1-4; Mark 9:2-10; Luke 9:28-39
Topic: Ash Wednesday; Lenten Season; Transfiguration (August 6) (5 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Harmonizer: J. S. Bach, 1684-1750
Meter: LM
Key: e minor or modal
Source: Klug's Geistliche Lieder, 1543

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